Long’s sacrifice fly gave Gold its only run of the game, but Bennett retired Zach Baugh on a groundout to shortstop and Hunter Newkirk on a strikeout to end the inning.
Bush then pitched a perfect top of the sixth, striking out Brady Kulbreth for the second out of the inning. Overall, the four Georgia pitchers allowed one run on no hits, a walk, a hit-by-pitch and eight strikeouts in six innings.
“We just couldn’t get anything going offensively,” Coach Littlejim said. “We couldn’t get runners on, and we couldn’t get any hits.”
Gold reliever Jason Long pitched a scoreless bottom of the fifth, but Georgia scored two more runs an inning later to force the run rule. Daughtry doubled to right to lead off the bottom of the sixth, then Sean Fitzpatrick drew a full-count walk two batters later.
Both runners moved up on a wild pitch, then Daughtry scored on Zarbnisky’s grounder to second, and an error at second base allowed Zarbnisky to reach and Fitzpatrick to get to third.
Pharr drew a walk and stole second, then Stutts singled to deep center to drive in Fitzpatrick and end the game.
“I was out in front of everything in the beginning, and so I was just looking for a nice fastball down the middle,” Stutts said. “Of course, I got to two strikes, so it was a little tougher. I couldn’t just look out for one pitch, but once I got that fastball down the middle, I just kind of reacted to it.”
Trenton Long took the loss for Gold, giving up six runs on four hits, a walk and no strikeouts in 2/3 of an inning.
Georgia finished the Sunbelt 7-2. Gold finished 4-5.
Day 6 medal round scores:
Ninth-place game: Canada 3, Missouri 1 (at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton)